Businessman pays travel expenses of returning residents in Davao City

A sweeper flight from Clark commissioned by the City Government of Davao arrives in Davao City on Monday. CIO

A Davao City businessman has shouldered the travel expenses of all returning residents in Davao City who are stranded in Luzon for the past weeks following the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“Dunay usa ka Dabawenyo businessman na nag-sponsor sa tanan natong stranded. Apil na ang airfare ug kaon sa aircraft,” said Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in an interview with government-run Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) 87.5 on Monday. 

Mayor Sara identified the businessman as Johnny Ng who spent P3.8 million for the sweeper flights to Davao City. 

On Monday, 162 passengers including 120 Davao City residents arrived at the Davao International Airport (DIA) at 10:12 a.m. from Clark International Airport. 

Non-Davao City residents were fetched by their respective local government units (LGUs).

In a statement issued by the city government of Davao, the returning residents were thoroughly assessed and filtered by Davao City Stranded Persons Database Center (DCSPDC).

Based on the protocols set, some of the residents will be sent to the hospital and quarantine facilities, while some will be sent home — depending on the results of the health screening that they will go through upon arrival at DIA. 

“Sa mga bag-ong nag-abot diri sa Davao City they need to be isolated for 14 days. Tagaan sila ug contact-tracing form upon arrival. Kung wala sila’y symptoms within 14 days hatagan sila ug clearance card,” Mayor Sara said. 

Those who will be sent home shall undergo a strict 14-day home quarantine. And while on home quarantine, all household members must take a safe distance from them.

If returning residents develop symptoms within 14 days after arrival, they should immediately inform the District Health Office and present themselves to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC).

They are also asked to go to their District Health Center or Barangay Health Centers for screening on the seventh day and 14th day after arrival.

The second batch of stranded Dabawenyos is expected to arrive in Davao City from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Wednesday. 

Mayor Sara said there are about 400 returning Davao residents on the May 6 flight but the number depends on the details obtained by the city’s database center as well as the lists submitted by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) for the OFWS and the Department of Tourism (DOT).